Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on January 30, 2023 @ 2:51 am CT
OGL 1.1 Furor") even made it into the national media this past week, as NPR ran two stories on the topic. The early afternoon Here and Now program ran a five minute segment on the topic, while later in the day All Things Considered broadcast a slightly longer piece. The Here and Now piece approached the topic more from WotC’s perspective while All Things Considered has interviews with creators and fans. I still find it amazing that the subject has stirred enough controversy to attract attention at the national level, but I guess putting the core mechanics for a multi-million-dollar game into an OGL and proposing to put them into Creative Commons is not a common occurrence.
I did have a perfectly good column already written to follow up last week’s column (see "OGL Version 1.2 Still Some Concerns"), but then WotC decided to blink and released a notice on D&D Beyond:
"The feedback is in such high volume and its direction is so plain that we're acting now.
We are leaving OGL 1.0a in place, as is. Untouched.
We are also making the entire SRD 5.1 available under a Creative Commons license.
You choose which you prefer to use.
This Creative Commons license makes the content freely available for any use. We don't control that license and cannot alter or revoke it. It's open and irrevocable in a way that doesn't require you to take our word for it. And its openness means there's no need for a VTT policy. Placing the SRD under a Creative Commons license is a one-way door. There's no going back."
WotC has already posted the SRD 5.1 under a Creative Commons license. I do note that the post does not say the company could not change the original OGL, just that it was not going to do so.
It appears many streamers that show Dungeons & Dragons content have encouraged their viewers to switch to Pathfinder or to another fantasy RPG system such as Castles and Crusades by Troll Lord Games. Troll Lord has even spent the past few weeks running a 50% off sale on all their D&D 5E compatible merchandise.
With that, here are a few other RPGs that we do fairly well with that are not D&D:
Lamentations of the Flame Princess, as noted, is only available through the publisher. I have picked up Thousand Year Old Vampire and Cats of Catthulhu through Indie Press Revolution while Bully Pulpit sells Fiasco through most distributors.
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